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August 5th, 2011

Derby cars getting harder to find, more expensive

August 5, 2011

For decades, demolition derbies have been the last hurrah for countless cars.
A quick look at the math — 88 counties in Ohio, 88 county fairs: that’s a lot of demolition and a lot of cars.
And that’s just Ohio.
Then in the wake of the oil crisis of the 1970’s Detroit stopped building cars like tanks.
The shelf life for derby cars is, obviously, very short. Even for the one’s built like tanks.
For the hard-core derbiast, finding the perfect derby car is getting more and more difficult.

August 4th

Turner repeats, Paige takes top spot

August 4, 2011

One 4-H competitor had been there before. The other had narrowly missed.
Needless to say, Lee Turner and Paige Klopfenstein were pleased with this year’s results.
Lee took home first place in the Junior Fair Dairy Steer Show, and Paige showed the champion market steer Wednesday during the Junior Fair Dairy and Market Steer shows at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
Turner repeated, as he also had the grand champion in the dairy class last year.

Sheep more than a project for youth

August 4, 2011

An experienced sheep showman, 18-year-old Kaleb Vondenhuevel, of Wapakoneta, hasn’t just been around sheep during his 10 years of 4-H and he doesn’t plan to quit raising them once he graduates next year.
“I’ve been around sheep my entire life,” said Kaleb, who grew up on a farm where they were raised and hopes to continue raising them long after he’s done showing them at the Auglaize County Fair.

Showing off market hogs

August 4, 2011

Area 4-H members showed off their hogs during Wednesday’s Junior Fair Market Hog Show at the Auglaize County Fair.
Participants led their hogs around the swine arena as they were judged on their size and coat.
“They want really big muscles in the pigs and a big loin — the line down their back,” Wes Hirschfeld said after showing a gilt. “They want a very full look.”
The St. Marys student said this is his 11th year in 4-H, and he started out as a Cloverbud. It is his seventh year of showing pigs.
Wes noted all of the other fair events he is participating in this year.

Drivers deal with danger on the track

August 4, 2011

Any sport involving speed has an inherent risk of danger to it.
Throw in large, powerful, and almost completely unpredictable live animals and you take it to another level.
Fair goers taking in the harness racing program Wednesday night at the Auglaize County Fair saw first-hand how quickly things can go wrong.
As a field of five horses lined up behind the gate for the start of the fourth race in the program, the outside horse, Kel Forever, reared up.
The 3-year-old colt fell over, dumping the sulky and driver Trent Bates, of Celina, to the track.

August 3rd

Eleanor Sprague, 97

August 3, 2011

Eleanor Sprague, 97, of Cridersville, formerly of Lima and Fort Myers, Fla., died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at Otterbein-Cridersville.
She was born June 6, 1914, in Lima, the daughter of Frances M. (Baker) and Earl Marshall. On July 30, 1932, she married Floyd H. Sprague and he died March 4, 2002.
Surviving is a son, Larry E. Sprague, of Lima.
Services are at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Otterbein-Cridersville community room, the Rev. Phyllis Fetzer officiating..
Contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Otterbein-Cridersville or St. Rita’s Hospice.

Good luck kiss

August 3, 2011

Running a tiny brush through her rabbit Bubba’s fur, 8-year-old Amanda Schultz prepared for her first time showing at the Auglaize County Fair.
“It’s pretty easy now,” Amanda said, but after watching older relatives show rabbits for years she knows it keeps getting harder. “Every year you step up another level. You have to know more and the judge will ask you more.”
Even though taking rabbits to the fair runs in the family, the Wapakoneta girl said she takes them because they are “fun and cute.”

Variance given for Wigwam

August 3, 2011

Work continued Tuesday to refurbish the Wigwam in downtown Wapakoneta, after city officials granted an emergency variance.
G.A. Wintzer & Son President Gus Wintzer approached Wapakoneta City Council members Monday regarding a variance to extend the building to the north approximately 11 inches into the city’s right-of-way on Heritage Drive. The existing wall is being reinforced to ensure the integrity of the building, which housed chamber offices, and the YMCA served as city council chambers.

4-H members display control, cleanliness when showing dairy

August 3, 2011

Control, cleanliness and poise were just three of the areas 4-Hers had to display as part of the dairy showmanship event Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Fair.
Dozens of participants entered the show barn looking to advance in the competition. The field featured some newcomers as well as veterans of handling the thousand pound - plus animals.
“I am kind of hoping I place pretty good,” Cody Schlater said. “This is my first year doing dairy.”

Working with 'athletes' keeps Lewis coming back

August 3, 2011

Barb Lewis has done pretty much all of it in her more-than 35 years in the horse business.
Lewis, of Upper Sandusky, has trained, jockeyed and now owns her own stable.
She had two horses entered in Tuesday night’s eight-race program at the Auglaize County Fair. Mad Hatter finished third in the first-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot. And Jesse’s Legend matched that result in the second-division 2-year-old colts one-mile trot.

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